No, the end of the world isn’t a good thing, but thanks to the film industry, it’s kind of fun to wonder what you would do should that rogue meteor threaten the planet, a zombie apocalypse hit or aliens attack. Come Friday, we’ll get a rather fresh take on what two people opt to do with their final days when they’re informed humanity’s end is imminent. While Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
places prime importance on spending the time left with someone you love, there are also a slew of other films offering up excellent options for preparing for, or perhaps even surviving the Earth’s demise.
As obsessive moviegoers, my family always gets a good laugh at putting ourselves in hypothetical movie-made scenarios and, should the world come to an end, we joke that despite good intentions, my father would likely point us in the wrong direction, perhaps right towards the impact zone of an Earth-bound comet. On the other hand, if the key to survival was building a shelter equipped with a generator and stocked with food, I can guarantee you the Nemiroff’s would have the nicest set-up on the block. So while all fathers can’t be Harry Stampers, drilling holes into asteroids and saving the entire planet, a father’s love can lead to air conditioning and electricity when the world is crumbling, in my case at least.
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Ever since word got out that Francis Lawrence is taking Gary Ross’ place as the director of the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, we’ve all indulged in judging him based on whether or not we enjoy his previous films – myself included. While a director may get most of the praise should a movie play well or take the brunt of the criticism should it get banned, the fact of the matter is there are a lot of cooks in the kitchen when it comes to making a feature film.
The director is essentially the conductor, but that doesn’t mean every element of the filmmaking process lies in the palm of his or her hand. That being said, there’s really no judging Lawrence’s capabilities without both disconnecting his directorial work from the other creative entities, but then also considering the collaboration to a degree.
In order to better assess Lawrence’s potential as the director of Catching Fire, here’s a closer look at his work in his two most recent features, I Am Legend and Water for Elephants.